Social innovation: the progressive approach

Social innovation: the progressive approach

Carcassonne
Friday 07.09.2018
Extraordinary meeting
14.00 - 17.00
Centre de Congrès Le Dôme 18 Rue des 3 Couronnes 11000 Carcassonne
from: EN, FR, DE, IT, ES, RO, EL
to: EN, FR, DE, IT, ES, RO
Theme: Social Innovation

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The financial crisis and subsequent austerity measures that have dramatically curtailed public investments in social welfare have created the pressing need for social innovation. By social innovation, we mean new ideas that meet social needs, create social networks and test new policy frameworks. These innovations can be policy actions, products, services or models addressing unmet needs more effectively.   

Social innovation can address poverty and generate sustainable wealth and well-being while promoting a learning and participative society. With this in mind, the role of local and regional authorities is crucial in the effective governance of social innovation, which cannot thrive if constricted by a top-down, heavily centralised model.

In order for social innovation to reach its objectives, it is important to ensure effective information sharing across the EU, the support to innovative entrepreneurs and the mobilisation of investors and public organisations so as to encourage market uptake of innovative solutions and stimulate employment.

A first roundtable will focus on the impact of social innovation and best practices at grassroots level, while exploring the transferability of success stories and ways to effectively integrate this policy field into a progressive political agenda.

The focus of the second roundtable will focus on the EU's tools addressing social innovation,and more particularly, funding opportunities and the creation of social innovation ecosystems. The session will also address prospects under the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the future European Social Fund.

Building on this, the citizens' debate "Our fight for social progress - Let's act Together!", organised in collaboration with the European Parliament's S&D Group within the framework of the TOGETHER initiative, will discuss key aspects of a progressive vision for a Social Europe.

14.00 - 14.15

Registration and Coffee

14.15 - 14.45

Welcome Address

Catiuscia Marini, President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and President of the Umbria Region, Italy

André Viola, President of the Departmental Council of Aude, France, and CoR Member

14.45 - 15.45

Social Innovation Illustrated

Impact of social innovation and best practices

Moderated by Virginie Herz, journalist at France 24

Micaela Fanelli, Regional Councillor of Molise Region, Italy, and CoR member

Basílio Horta, Mayor of Sintra, Portugal, and CoR Member

Sandra Middelbeck, Deputy Head of Unit for the coordination of EU sectoral policies in the Lower Saxony Ministry of Federal and European Affairs and Regional Development, Germany

Debate with participants

15.45 - 16.45

The EU's tools addressing social innovation

Funding opportunities and the creation of social innovation ecosystems

Moderated by Virginie Herz, journalist at France 24

Gabriele Bischoff, President of the Workers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee

Susanna Díaz Pacheco, President of the Region of Andalusia, Spain, and CoR Rapporteur on the ESF+

Lieve Fransen, Member of the European Commission High Level Task Force on Investing in Social Infrastructure in Europe

Debate with participants

16.45 - 17.00

Conclusions

Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions  

Carole Delga, President of the Region of Occitanie, France

Practical information

Getting there

Toulouse-Blagnac Airport
The airport of Toulouse-Blagnac, located at around 100 km from the Carcassonne, is connected to most important European airports.

A shuttle service will be organised between Toulouse-Blagnac and Carcassonne, before the meeting on 6 and 7 September, and after the meeting on 8 September.

If you would like to take the shuttle service, please mention it when you register online.
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Carcassonne Airport
The airport of Carcassonne, located at 5 km from the city centre, has connections to a limited number of destination. The city centre is easily reachable from the airport by bus for the cost of € 6.
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Carcassonne Station
If you plan are travelling by by train, please note that Carcassonne station is located at 2 km from the meeting place and hotels. 
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Hotels

Hôtel des Trois Couronnes ****    
2 rue des Trois Couronnes,
11000 Carcassonne
Tel +33 4 68 25 36 10
contact@hotel-destroiscouronnes.com

FULLY BOOKED

 

Hôtel Les Chevaliers ****    
2, rue des Calquières
11000 Carcassonne
Tel: +33 826 300 250

Rates subject to availability (preferential rates rooms sold out).

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Activities organised alongside the meeting

Study visits

On 7 September, from 9.30 to 12.30, participants will have the opportunity to visit the following projects:

  •  "Mobil'Activ platform, Alzonne", an initiative of the Aude Department, supported by the ESF, providing mobility services to citizens with limited incomes in rural areas not easily accessible by public transport;
  • "Second Chance School, Carcassonne", an initiative of the Occitanie Region, also supported by the ESF, helping youngsters aged 18 to 25 who are not in training and have dropped out of school, to get back to active life and look for a job;
  • "Experiment Colvadem, Carcassonne", a project of the Aude Department, due to be included in the 2019 programming period of the ESF. Experiment Colvadem is a platform that collects objects intended to be thrown away, refurbishes them in its"Recydrive" and sells them to citizens with limited incomes in a store called "le Grenier" (the Attic).

TOGETHER event

The PES Group extraordinary meeting will be followed by a citizens' debate on "Our fight for social progress - Let's act Together!", starting at 17.30 and organised in cooperation with the European Parliament's S&D Group within the framework of the TOGETHER initiative. More info on this event here.

 

If you are interested in taking part in these activities, please mention it on the registration form.

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